Presented by NALIP and supported by a variety of industry, media and organizational sponsors - NALIP’s Latino Lens is an exclusive incubation and media content production program as well as a distribution model of Latino media screenings, festivals and speaker showcases designed to develop, nurture  and produce a series of Latino creators’ and filmmakers' projects and showcase their talents as producers, directors, and writers.


Latino Lens is divided in 4 main areas:

Film Feature/Short Film





Each pipeline has its own funding source, sponsor, media liaison and industry partners. We create and develop Latino Lens incubation programs specifically with an outcome and outlet in mind. Flip through the slider above to see the current partners for each strand. We are constantly adding more partners and productions so check back regularly!

Note: As part of our incubator and production mission, we also hold NALIP Access Meetings between advanced NALIP members and industry partners to deliver a curated list of talent and projects one on one or small group basis - as well as a Latino Media Market during the Annual NALIP Media Summit.





The Latino Lens: Short Film program, with a submission call will select 2-3 short feature film scripts from Latino content creators. Each short film will present through a creative approach and independent focus, a storyline of 3-10 minutes long that will be provided pre-production, production, and post-production tools, resources and assets to support the successful completion of each film while later working with them on distribution strategy and outlets.





Our primary digital media production and incubator is acompetitive open call to media producers to submit RFP (Request for Proposals) for digital video shorts. On an ongoing basis we partner with outlets such as MiTu Networks, WORLD Television, Televisa Foundation or CPB. Our last digital incubator was created in support of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help communities address the high school dropout crisis and keep more students on the path to success in college and careers.

We also developed a digital series for Televisa Foundation and its Think About It campaign. As well as for MiTu Networks #WeAreAmerica digital campaign.




Our documentary incubator comes in the form of a series of development, funding and mentorship series. We are in development to announcing a major Documentary production incubator. In the meantime - get your projects ready! A Latino/a filmmaker, NALIP member and/or whose project has been independently evaluated and rated for NALIP Latino Media market can be selected and/or screened.

The artists participating in this program are producing personal, community, social justice, and public media documentaries that reflect their experiences, and tell the stories of their regions and cultures. Latino Lens; Doc also builds community between NALIP and local arts and cultural organizations, and amongst the local nonprofits and artists.



Our TV incubation program centers around specific partnerships to generate talent and projects directly developed pitched and placed - whether scripted or unscripted. Whether through Univision/Televisa, FOX Audience Strategy, El Rey Network or a wide variety of networks and production outlets - we aim to develop skills, pilots, talent and projects to the highest quality.

We also hold writing mentorships on a one to one basis with advanced TV writer/producers.


Tech Arts

COMING SOON! (Virtual Reality, Media Mobile Apps, Gaming, Etc.) Our Tech Arts incubation program will focus on the convergence of advanced content, film, art, media, and technology is changing the future of storytelling and creative expression.

NALIP will be incubating projects, products and mediums from Virtual Reality to Gaming - NALIP leading tech incubation efforts for Latino Content Creators. 


Mentorship Series

The Latino Lens Mentorship Series program is a subset of our Latino Lens incubator program. Latino Lens participants and applicants are selected each year, matched with a mentor who consults with them on their revised fundraising trailers: each participant or project receives a great deal of specific input on samples, but once those notes are executed, the artists need additional support to make successful fundraising pitches. We also provide each project with a senior producer mentor who reviews final, revised proposals and budgets, whether for production or post-production funding, and then helps to finalize the project planning.

We include a story consultation, which is critical mentorship at some point in the post-production process, whether with a supervising editor or a story consultant. We also have a new media mentor available to see through the ideas and websites begun through Latino Lens, in order to help each Fellow to develop sites that market and attract audiences as they developed their project and vision.

When the time is appropriate, we can also engage a partner in the broadcast or distribution sector; these professionals are compensated and available to mentor, so filmmakers do not feel they are compromising their future relationships or taking advantage of an introduction.


Why Latino Lens?

This innovative NALIP incubation and production program initiative comes as a result of needs identified through conversations with members, the NALIP Media Summit, industry leaders’ perspectives, as well as Latino film scholars surrounding NALIP’s commissioned The Latino Media Gap report. With Latino Lens, NALIP looks to build on previous residential instruction programs and growing incubation efforts by executing direct short film production in order to address this increasing Latino media gap.

If you are interested in participating in this incubator or if you are a sponsor outlet ready to create a specificproduction and/or incubator program for your industry, network, studio or organization with NALIP please email us at membership@nalip.org.


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